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Course Overview

Improve your language assessment skills and discover new types of assessments

Over the last 15 years, assessment has had an increasingly significant impact on education policy globally. Consequently, there is a growing need among teachers to understand how language assessment works.

On this course from the British Council, you will learn about the principles of sound language assessment. You’ll develop an understanding of the different types of assessment in education and how they can be applied.

With guidance from experienced test developers and international assessment experts, you’ll explore practical ways of assessing language and skills to use in your classroom.

Week 1

Assessing speaking and writing

How can assessment help teachers?

Assessing speaking

Assessing writing

Week 2

Assessing reading and listening

Introduction to receptive skills

What is reading?

Assessing reading

Developing a reading test

What is listening?

Assessing listening

Let’s talk about scoring…

End of Week 2

Week 3

Assessing vocabulary and grammar


Assessing vocabulary

Assessing grammar

Task types

End of Week 3

Week 4

Test development

Assessment and course planning

Test Design

Test evaluation

This course is aimed at language teachers in secondary or high schools around the world, and anyone interested in understanding how language assessment works.

To get the most from this course, you will need to have English language proficiency at a minimum CEFR B1 level.

The course does not require any previous knowledge of assessment issues.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • Identify the basic principles involved in reliable and valid test design
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different types of tests and how they can be used
  • Evaluate assessment needs of students within a given context
  • Explain some practical techniques for assessing different language skills and knowledge